University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

Postdoc in Audiology

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

Odense M, Denmark

The University of Southern Denmark, Department of Clinical Research is offering a post.doc. position in the field of data analysis of audiological data collected in a database from 2000 patients as well as related to a clinical randomized trial. The post.doc. will be employed at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences but will be working in close collaboration with Ph.D. students at Odense University Hospital, ENT – Department of Audiology and University of Southern Denmark. The position is available as of May 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description
The University of Southern Denmark, Department of Clinical Research is offering a post.doc position for the project Better Hearing Rehabilitation (BEAR). The BEAR project is funded by Innovation Fund Denmark and the hearing aid companies Widex, GN Resound and Oticon and is carried out in collaboration with Odense University Hospital, Aalborg University, Aalborg University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Technical University of Denmark, the hearing aid companies Widex, GN Resound and Oticon as well as Delta.

The aim of the post.doc study is to analyze data from a large cohort of 2000 patients who have received hearing aid treatment as a part of the BEAR study. The purpose of the data analysis is to characterize different archetypes of hearing aid users based on differences in hearing thresholds and speech discrimination as well as on subjective parameters. Subjective parameters are changes reported in the Speech and Spatial Questionnaire (SSQ) after hearing aid treatment compared to the SSQ before hearing aid treatment. Additional factors such as user satisfaction with the hearing aid, hearing aid type, real ear measurements and general health data can be included in this analysis as well.

Furthermore, there will be collected new data in a randomized controlled study of patients evaluated for hearing rehabilitation. Patients will be randomized to either the existing evaluation strategy which is explored in the large cohort of 2000 patients and a new hearing profile strategy, where patients will receive hearing aids that will be fitted based on other parameters than just the audiogram.

The post.doc. will collaborate with the Ph.D. students currently analyzing data from the cohort as well as Ph.D. students involved in the randomized controlled trial or projects related to that. There will a possibility to co-supervise Ph.D students and supervise masters students on projects related to the BEAR-project.

As part of the BEAR project, the post.doc. has the potential to contribute to the way in which we examine hearing losses in Danish clinical practice in the future. The project may also have an international impact.

The overall aim of the BEAR project is to develop and evaluate methods for future investigation of hearing-impaired patients and to develop methods for objective categorization of the effect of the treatment with hearing aids.

For further information about the professional content of the position please contact Jesper Hvass Schmidt, MD PhD, Head of Research, ENT- Department of Audiology, (jesper.schmidt@rsyd.dk).

Read more about the position and apply online directly from the job ad here:
https://www.sdu.dk/en/service/ledige_stillinger/1082355
Application deadline: April 5, 2020

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